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COMMITTEE ON AGRICULTURE

LARRY COMBEST, Texas, Chairman BILL BARRETT, Nebraska,

CHARLES W. STENHOLM, Texas, Vice Chairman

Ranking Minority Member JOHN A. BOEHNER, Ohio

GARY A. CONDIT, California THOMAS W. EWING, Illinois

COLLIN C. PETERSON, Minnesota BOB GOODLATTE, Virginia

CALVIN M. DOOLEY, California RICHARD W. POMBO, California

EVA M. CLAYTON, North Carolina CHARLES T. CANADY, Florida

DAVID MINGE, Minnesota NICK SMITH, Michigan

EARL F. HILLIARD, Alabama TERRY EVERETT, Alabama

EARL POMEROY, North Dakota FRANK D. LUCAS, Oklahoma

TIM HOLDEN, Pennsylvania HELEN CHENOWETH-HAGE, Idaho

SANFORD D. BISHOP, JR., Georgia JOHN N. HOSTETTLER, Indiana

BENNIE G. THOMPSON, Mississippi SAXBY CHAMBLISS, Georgia

JOHN ELIAS BALDACCI, Maine RAY LAHOOD, Illinois

MARION BERRY, Arkansas JERRY MORAN, Kansas

MIKE MCINTYRE, North Carolina BOB SCHAFFER, Colorado

DEBBIE STABENOW, Michigan JOHN R. THUNE, South Dakota

BOB ETHERIDGE, North Carolina WILLIAM L. JENKINS, Tennessee

CHRISTOPHER JOHN, Louisiana JOHN COOKSEY, Louisiana

LEONARD L. BOSWELL, Iowa KEN CALVERT, California

DAVID D. PHELPS, Illinois GIL GUTKNECHT, Minnesota

KEN LUCAS, Kentucky BOB RILEY, Alabama

MIKE THOMPSON, California GREG WALDEN, Oregon

BARON P. HILL, Indiana
MICHAEL K. SIMPSON, Idaho

JOE BACA, California
DOUG OSE, California
ROBIN HAYES, North Carolina
ERNIE FLETCHER, Kentucky

PROFESSIONAL STAFF
WILLIAM E. O'CONNER, JR., Staff Director

LANCE KOTSCHWAR, Chief Counsel
STEPHEN HATERIUS, Minority Staff Director
KEITH WILLIAMS, Communications Director

(II)

CONTENTS

MAY 1, 2000, WOODLAND, CA

Page

Combest, Hon. Larry, a Representative in Congress from the State of Texas,

opening statement

Moran, Hon. Jerry, a Representative in Congress from the State of Kansas,

opening statement

Ose, Hon. Doug, a Representative in Congress from the State of California,

opening statement

Simpson, Hon. Michael K., a Representative in Congress from the State

of Idaho, opening statement

WITNESSES

Colombini, Jeff, tree fruit grower, Stockton, CA

Prepared statement

Ellis, Thomas W., rice, wheat, and alfalfa producer, Grimes, CA

Prepared statement

Endres, Frank J., wheat, barley, safflower producer, Corning, CA

Prepared statement

Errotabere, Daniel, cotton, wheat, garlic, tomato producer, Riverdale, CA

Prepared statement

Fondse, Kevin B., almond producer, Stockton, CA

Prepared statement

George, Michael D., fruit and vegetable producer, Exeter, CA

Prepared statement

Giovanetti, John, fruit and vegetable producer, Yolo, CA

Prepared statement

Giusti, John, brussels sprout producer, Half Moon Bay, CA

Prepared statement

Hamilton, Richard, sheep producer, Rio Vista, CA

Prepared statement

Heiden, W. Bruce, cotton producer, Buckeye, AZ

Prepared statement

Kennett, Alan, sugar producer, Kaumakani, HI

Prepared statement

Martella, Ron, walnut, peach, and almond producer, Hughson, CA

Prepared statement

Merrill, Dana, grape grower, Paso Robles, CA

Prepared statement

Murphy, Wiley, barley, cotton, wheat producer, Tucson, AZ

Prepared statement

Nilsson, James, sugar beet, tomato, and wine grapes, Stockton, CA

Prepared statement

Rystrom, Steve, rice producer, Chico, CA

Prepared statement

Sheely, Ted, cotton and tomato producer, Lemoore, CA

Prepared statement

Weiss, David, pear and wine grape producer, Kelseyville, CA

Prepared statement

Zech, William, asparagus producer, Holt, CA

Prepared statement

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